Near Death Experiences

What is the purpose of near death experiences?

I’ve researched this topic due to some past experiences I’ve had. And the insight and messages that near death experiences are trying to teach us is something SO important, SO significant, that I absolutely had to write a post about it.

I’ll be going over some of the more essential messages that I believe these experiences are trying to show us. I will be excited when people start searching for ways and reasons to better themselves and the world, and think we can all learn a valuable lesson in these people’s testimonies.

Biblical Veracity?

One counter argument about this phenomena, is that it’s not biblical. So others warn people to be careful with these messages.

In some cases, I agree. After all, when we’re dealing with people’s accounts, we have to be discerning and come to a well-adjusted and unbiased opinion. However, on the other side of the coin, how do we know these accounts aren’t biblical? Is there anything in the bible that will support, or condemn this theory? Or perhaps not mention it at all?

With more researching and investigating, perhaps this answer will come to light. At the time, there is still so much material in the Bible and other sources to go through. But in the meantime, my personal opinion, due to testimony gathering and my own experiences and reasoning, have ultimately decided that it really just depends.

I know. Not really the definitive answer anyone was looking for. But when it comes to matters of the metaphysical, can anyone really say, for sure, that one thing is unequivocally, absolutely, positively, without a doubt, undeniably this one certain way?

If we’re being honest with ourselves, the answer is “no”. So all we really have to go on are our beliefs, experiences, and our interpretations.

With this in mind, I’d like to present some fascinating insight into some very important aspects of the near death experience.

Topics that are addressed (click on the link below to navigate the page):

Revelation - People experiencing essential visions.
Life Review - How did you live your life?
Spiritual Encounter - Incredible meetings with transcendent beings.
Love - One of the key messages from near death experiences.
Changing the World - Is this what nde's are trying to show us?
'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams."
Acts 2:17

I won’t go into too much details about the biblical studies into near death experiences, but wanted to highlight the above quote. This points out to what amounts to some largely held debates of who can prophesy.

Some ministers and scholars say that modern day prophets don’t exist (unless they’re false prophets). But according to Acts 2:17, this is not entirely true. But how do we even define “prophet”? In Acts 2 it doesn’t say “prophet”. It just says that sons and daughters will prophesy, not that they are or have become “prophets”. And is a person considered “once a prophet, always a prophet?”

“Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy...All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines”
1 Corinthians 12:7-12

Notice how the bolded text mentions “a message”, singular. Not messages, plural. Same with the word prophecy. It is singular. Not “prophecies”.

So wouldn’t it be just as likely that the Holy Spirit comes down and gives certain people certain messages (or a certain message) in order to help spread God’s word?

With those considerations in place, here are some interesting examples of some people's "revelations" about our future...

The following excerpts are from near-death.com. Please visit the website for more information.

Howard Storm

In Howard Storm‘s book, My Descent into Death (2000), he describes the future of mankind as given to him by light beings he encountered during his NDE in 1985. Storm wrote how they told him, in 1985, that the Cold War would soon end, because:

“God is changing the hearts of people to love around the world.” Storm states, “Since the time in 1985 when I was told these things about the future the Cold War ended with little bloodshed due to the hearts of people being unwilling to tolerate oppressive regimes.”

Howard Storm - (cont.)

Storm also described what the light beings told him concerning the way things will be on earth in about 2185. He asked the light beings the question: “Will the United States be the leader of the world in this change?” The light beings replied:

“The United States has been given the opportunity to be the teacher for the world, but much is expected of those to whom much has been given. The United States has been given more of everything than any country in the history of the world and it has failed to be generous with the gifts. If the United States continues to exploit the rest of the world by greedily consuming the world’s resources, the United States will have God’s blessing withdrawn. Your country will collapse economically which will result in civil chaos.

Because of the greedy nature of the people, you will have people killing people for a cup of gasoline. The world will watch in horror as your country is obliterated by strife. The rest of the world will not intervene because they have been victims of your exploitation. They will welcome the annihilation of such selfish people.

The United States must change immediately and become the teachers of goodness and generosity to the rest of the world. Today the United States is the primary merchant of war and the culture of violence that you export to the world. This will come to an end because you have the seeds of your own destruction within you. Either you will destroy yourselves or God will bring it to an end if there isn’t a change.”

Elaine Durham

The seat of power will move away from Washington, D.C because there will be so much turmoil and warfare on the eastern side of America. America will come to the very edge of destruction because Americans have chosen to seek worldly things rather than loving or serving others, and because they refused to care for their precious natural resources, and because their greed and selfishness. The U.S. government will lose most of its power and no longer govern completely and lawlessness will reign on the eastern side of America as well as tremendous anarchy and crime.

There will be less turmoil on the western side of America and even a certain amount of prosperity. A new seat of power will rise near present-day Kansas City. From this location, a true spiritual force will become the governing power over the whole land — a power such that emanates from Christ.

George Ritchie

The world will grow more peaceful – both humanity and nature.
Humans will not be as critical of themselves or others.
Humans will not be as destructive to nature.
Humans will begin to understand what love is.

The examples I gave above were but a mere introduction to this topic; since there are a ton of testimonies that relay prophetic revelations.

It’s interesting that a lot of nde’s focus on the state of the world and how we’re growing increasingly more corrupt and greedy. The desire for material possessions consumes a lot of people, unfortunately. And our inconsideration for each other, and nature, may very well be our downfall. Nde’s seems to serve as a warning for us to change our ways, or something dire will happen.

Thankfully, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. As some near death experiencers recall, there is a way to reverse all this damage. George Ritchie, Howard Storm and many others mention in their near death experiences that people will change for the better. But it takes awareness, love and compassion to get there.

While reading through some people’s testimonies, I became fascinated with “life reviews”. When people go through these, most of them come out of the experience with a new outlook on life. That being, one of the reasons that we’re here is to see how we treat each other. One of the key takeaways from nde’s is that our actions affect others, sometimes in ways that we can’t even imagine.

During life reviews, we get the chance to see just how we’re affecting others. Sometimes with, quite literally, life-altering results. (Which, I’d imagine, is the point.)

The testimonies below provide a perfect example of “walking in someone’s shoes”.

Oliver John Calvert

He also saw what he had done to others — how he had made them think and feel. Now, he felt it, experiencing the “fear intimidation, neglect, sarcasm, harsh criticism, coarse jokes, ridicule. I saw their faces and I felt what I had put them through, at that point. I was made to feel everything and it came all at once.” – Oliver John Calvert (spiritdailyblog.com)

Laura M.

My life flashed before me; a life review was in order. When it was over, my head was hung in shame for He had seen it too. I was not happy about many, many of my actions. Then, in awe, I turned to Him asking, “How can you still love me so completely after witnessing my many sins?”

“You are a child of God,” He said, “and God Is Love. I see you purely as Love.” – Laura M. (the-formula.org)

Kimberly Clark Sharp

When the woman was a little girl, she saw a tiny flower growing almost impossibly out of a crack in the sidewalk. She bent down and cupped the flower and gave it her full unconditional love and attention.

When the girl became a woman and had an NDE, during her life review she discovered that it was this incident with the flower that was the most important event of her entire life. The reason was because it was the moment where she expressed her love in a greater, purer, and unconditional manner.

This example of a life review by Kimberly Clark Sharp is one of my favorite examples because it shows in a dramatic way a principle that appears in many life reviews. The principle is that the actions we think are unimportant may turn out to be the most important act we have ever done in our life. Unconditional and spontaneous acts of love are the greatest acts we can perform – even if it is directed at a tiny flower. – Kimberly Clark Sharp (near-death.com)

Carter Mills

Carter Mills saw himself when he was a child and killed a mother bird with a sling shot. At the time, he was so proud of that shot; but during his life review, he felt the pain that the mother bird’s babies went through when they starved to death. – Carter Mills (near-death.com)

Rick R.

Then without warning, it happened! ‘What have you done with your life?’ The voice penetrated my very being! I had no answer! Then to my right I saw what seemed to be like a movie; and I was in it! I saw my mother giving me birth, my childhood and friends! I saw everything from my youth up! I saw everything I had ever done before my eyes!

As my life played out before my very eyes, I tried to think of good things I had done. I was raised in church and had been very active in church functions, yet as I pondered on this, I saw a man in his car that had ran out of gas. I had stopped and given him a lift to a local store about a year ago. I had bought him some gas as he had no money and helped him get on his way!

I thought to myself, why am I seeing this? The voice was loud and clear. You took no thought to help this soul and asked nothing in return! These actions are the essence of good!

I saw all the people I had hurt as well and was shown how my actions had set in motion the actions of others! I was stunned! I had never thought of my life having an effect on the actions that friends, family, and others I had met would take! I saw the results of all I had done! I was not pleased at all! I looked on until the events ended. Indeed, I had done so little with my life! I had been selfish and cruel in so many ways! I was truly sorry I had done so little. – Rick R. (nderf.org)

Betty Eadie

“Then I saw the disappointment that I had caused others, and I cringed as their feelings of disappointment filled me, compounded by my own guilt. I understood all the suffering I had caused, and I felt it. I began to tremble. I saw how much grief my bad temper had cased, and I suffered this grief. I saw my selfishness, and my heart cried for relief. How had I been so uncaring?

Then in the midst of my pain, I felt the love of the council come over me. They watched my life with understanding and mercy. Everything about me was taken into consideration, how I was raised, the things I had been taught, the pain give me by others, the opportunities I had received or not received. And I realized that the council was not judging me. I was judging myself. Their love and mercy were absolute.

I was shown the ripple effect, as they described it. I saw how I had often wronged people and how they had often turned to others and committed a similar wrong. This chain continued from victim to victim, like a circle of dominoes, until it came back to the start – to me, the offender. The ripples went out, and they came back. I had offended far more people than I knew, and my pain multiplied and became unbearable.”

Betty Eadie - (cont.)

“Then he showed me the reversed side of the ripple effect. I saw myself perform an act of kindness, just a simple act of unselfishness, and I saw the ripples go out again. The friend I had been kind to was kind in turn to one of her friends, and the chain repeated itself.

I saw love and happiness increase in others’ lives because of that one simple act on my part. I saw their happiness grow and affect their lives in positive ways, some significantly. My pain was replaced with joy. I felt the love they felt, and I felt their joy, and this from one simple act of kindness. A powerful thought hit me, and I repeated it over and over in my mind:

“Love is really the only thing that matters”.

Betty Eadie (near-death.com)

It’s interesting to note, during our life reviews, it is usually not any divine beings passing off judgment on us. They simply present our life to us, and we end up going through the emotions and feelings of the other person (or nature). And it affects us so deeply – since it is an experience that we don’t normally have on Earth.

Empathy seems to be a foreign concept to a lot of people. So to be suddenly hit with it in such a large dose, and then realizing that it was YOU who caused all the hurt and pain others have gone through, is such an eye-opener and profound epiphany. The awareness one gleans from this is bound to make a significant impact on their life.

And for those who refuse to believe that consciousness can exist outside of a human mind/body/soul, near death experiences would beg to differ. Even a tiny plant can feel love and reciprocate. Same with animals.

Perhaps life reviews are to teach us humility, empathy, and awareness; that our actions affect everything in remarkable ways.

Many people claim to see divine beings while having a near death experience.
Angelic beings? Jesus Christ? People claim to see many different heavenly beings while having a near death experience.

Image by Karin Henseler from Pixabay

So now we get to the various entities that people have claimed to encounter. This ranges from angelic beings, to different deities from many different religions/cultures, to saints, to even God Himself. One well known entity many have claimed to have met is Jesus Christ.

Now, I did raise the issue earlier about whether nde’s are biblical. And it is a very important question for a lot of people. Some without a religious background accept the idea of nde’s without a qualm. Those that do believe in the Bible have their reservations. And there are other Christians that believe in it whole-heartedly.

This is where discernment is extremely important. Yes, we want to make sure the messages we’re receiving is not an attempt to mislead, so we do want to be consciously aware and question these sources.

For the majority of nde testimonies, it’s clear that the message they deliver is one of love and treating each other with kindness. This is an exact teaching of Jesus Christ. That was one of His main commandments:

30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12:30-31

This is just one example of how I think it would help to discern a near death experience. If it teaches love and compassion, that seems like a good indicator. There are some stories that I do feel uncomfortable with …so I always want to encourage everyone to pray, use their best discernment, and stay aware.

Below are some amazing testimonies of people’s encounters with divine beings from “the other side”.

Jeffrey C.

I saw a man in a robe who was about 40 years old with a trimmed beard and a balding head. I thought he looked like a monk, and wondered to myself if this was Judas. After a long time, my eyes began to burn so badly, I finally decided that it was worth it to put up with the bad flashes if I could just close my eyes for a while. I began to sob quietly as the flashes of my evil ways rushed in, and I heard a voice. It said, ‘If you ask him, maybe he will save you.’ I thought to myself, ‘How?’ The voice said, ‘Say it. Say the words, Jesus Christ my savior in heaven, please save me.’ I said the words out loud. The voice said, ‘ Again’ and so I said it again, and again, and again. The screaming stopped, and then the flashes stopped. It was silent.

As I looked up, I saw a man sitting in a giant stone chair. There was a silver-winged creature next to him who had a helmet with wings on it. There was a woman on his left. She had some very old men behind her. We were on a platform in space, but the stars were eyes instead. I realized that this was Jesus and the creature on his right was the angel of the lord, and woman on his left was The Blessed Virgin Mary. I can only guess that the old men had to be Abraham, Moses, or one of those important people; maybe the disciples Peter, Paul, or someone. Jesus had a look of disappointment on his face that touched me to my soul and made me feel so ashamed.

The Angel of the Lord said, ‘Tell our lord what brings you here.’ I began to explain that I felt that the world was not a fair place and I didn’t want to be a part of it anymore. He looked at me as if I was crazy and asked, ‘Who told you it was going to be a fair world?’ I really didn’t understand.

Jeffrey C. - (cont.)

I found myself back on the platform before Jesus. The Blessed Mother asked me what I thought of what I learned. I told her I thought it wasn’t right that I had to put up with people hurting me, that Jesus was suppose to protect me, and if I was going to go back that I wanted him to make it right. He looked at me and said, ‘My son, I can not cause pain to another, I can only heal those who are broken.’

With the arrogance of youth, I tried to pull the old ‘I want to talk to the manager’ routine and demanded to talk to God. The Blessed Mother said, ‘You can not ‘see’ God.’ Jesus spoke up and said, ‘No one can see God.’ The blessed mother was angry and told me to kneel before this great healer and ask forgiveness. I knelt down. I could feel the great disappointment and astonishment at my arrogance.

I began to weep, and Jesus ask, ‘Do you know why I saved you from the pit of purgatory?’ I replied, ‘No’. He said, ‘Remember the old man, the one you thought was Judas? This showed me that you believe, you truly believe.’ I realized at that moment that Jesus was with me, and had been with me the whole time. He was always with me, throughout everything that has happened. And my belief means way more than I had ever realized. He saw something in me that even I did not see. I began to weep so badly that I was frozen there on the floor with my head in my hands and crying uncontrollably. – Jeffrey C. (nderf.org)

Sheila S.

And then I turned around and all sudden I see Jesus! BAM! It hit me so hard with His love! It just knocked me down! And I knew right away who it was. There was no doubt who it was. It was Jesus! And I fell down on my knees because the love that was coming from him was so intense that I couldn’t even stand up.

I remember before dying, that a long time ago, I was told that ‘No man could stand before Jesus or God.’ I thought, ‘Well, why would that be?’ I mean, ‘Would He beat you down or something?’ I never understood why they would say that. Now I know why; it is because his love is so mighty, that I can’t even describe it. This love is so intense that I could not stand because it just knocked me over.

Anyway, I’m on my knees and I’m looking at Him like I was ashamed, with my hands over my face and peeking up at Him. I don’t want to look straight at Him because He was looking at me with so much love. I didn’t feel worthy of it. I don’t know why I would feel that way because I’m not bad person. – Sheila S. (nderf.org)

Maureen K.

What I know to be the energy of Angels greeted me with the tenderest warmest energy. I felt embraced by them. They morphed into billowy forms and surrounded me. Their hearts glowed radiating and pulsing with light of vibrant colors. From my heart which glowed dimly as well, I could sense, feel, and hear telepathically.

I sent an energy wave from my Higher Heart to the heart of the energy of the angels. They sensed I had a question for them. I sensed it was okay for me to send them my questions. From my glowing heart waves, I asked them if what I was experiencing was real.

The angels responded telepathically that their realm was real. I then asked them if I was there with them if that meant that I was dead. They responded telepathically that my body died so my soul or Higher Heart was visiting them.

For the first time since I arrived, I felt fear, like I had known in the earthly realm, form within my Higher Heart. They responded to my fear instantly by dissolving it for me. I felt embraced by their energy. I sensed that legions of energy beings with the most subtle presence were sending me comfort. – Marueen K. (nderf.org)

These amazing encounters show that although we may not have led exemplary lives on Earth, the beings are still encouraging us with a never-ending love. Some people have also mentioned that they reunited with loved ones that have passed away, that are trying to teach them the art of love and kindness as well.

And it has to be said, along with Jesus Christ, God, angels, saints, etc., some people have also encountered the “not so savory” characters.

These are accounts of people confronting demons, evil spirits, and even satan.

Howard Pittman

When we started the tour of the second heaven, the angels began by showing me the different types of demons. Each demon was revealed to me in a form that indicated his area of expertise, and I soon discovered that there is no such thing as a “general practitioner” in all the demon world. The demons are all experts in their fields. They have only one area of expertise which they do very well.

“At one time during this tour of the second heaven, I watched the demons within their own related group and I experienced an awful feeling. It was an overwhelming, oppressive, and morbid feeling. This feeling came to me shortly after I had entered the second heaven and I wondered what was causing it.

It was at this time that I learned that the angels could read my mind because my guardian angel said to me, “That feeling you are wondering about is caused by the fact that there is no love in this world.” The angel was telling me that in this second heaven there is not one bit of love!

Wow! Can you imagine all of those demons serving a master they don’t love and the master ruling over beings that he doesn’t love? Worse than that, their companions are working together for an eternity and they do not even love each other. – Howard Pittman – (howardpittman.com)

Charles T.

I sensed evil around me and even though I thought I could move about, I froze because of fear. I thought I was alone until I saw three demon like figures standing by my feet and talking in three different languages.

I was laying on a cold slab in a dark chamber of what I found out later to be Hell. While the demons were talking and looking down at me, there was a tiny light coming from behind them and I could see their silhouettes. They were about three to four feet high with skinny bodies, arms, and legs.

The light behind them was getting bigger and closer so I quit looking at the demons and concentrated on the light. Because of an earlier experience in my life, I knew the light to be Jesus Christ. He engulfed me in His light and took my spirit and soul out of Hell. He replaced them in my physical body in order to live again. – Charles T. – (nderf.org)

Alexa H.

EVERYTHING I ever thought, did, said, hated, helped, did not help, should have helped was shown in front of me, the crowd of hundreds and everyone like a movie.

How mean I’d been to people, how I could have helped them, how mean I was (unintentionally also) to animals! Yes! Even the animals had had feelings.

It was horrible. I fell on my face in shame. I saw how my acting, or not acting, rippled in effect towards other people and their lives. It wasn’t until then, that I understood how each little decision or choice affects the World. The sense of letting my Savior down was too real. Strangely, even during this horror, I felt a compassion, an acceptance of my limitations by Jesus and the crowd of Others.

During this Review, the Evil being was there. I looked at him; he was handsome, not ugly. Black hair, medium build, dressed in a brown robe w/black cord at his waist, his eyes caught my attention. They were a black void! There was no life or goodness in them. Intense in every way, his only Purpose was to possess, own, control my very Soul and make me suffer!!

I shrank back in horror. Every time, during the Review, that I erred or failed, he enjoyed it immensely. He would shout out, “THERE! See how she messed up?” He would accuse me, “Why didn’t she do better? Or help more? She ought to be punished!”

I was desolate. My few, little good works didn’t and couldn’t measure up to God’s perfect standard. I deserved any punishment I got. My soul was desolate. I lay dreading what would happen. – Alexa H. (nderf.org)

Another really fascinating account is told by Howard Storm with his near death experiences. He has had visitations to hell, Heaven; met with angels, demons, Jesus Christ and has had his whole life uprooted from a professor of arts to a Christian minister.

Visitations to hell and encounters with demons are not that common, but have been experienced. And interestingly, in order to escape these demonic entities, calling out to Jesus/God and looking toward the light has rescued them.

If only we can enact that on Earth; turn from our sins and start treating each other with kindness. After all, it seems as if that’s what the heavenly beings are trying to teach us.

I’m sure you’ve seen by now what one of the main purposes of our life is. As of this paragraph, I have already used the word “love” 35 (well, now 36) times. And I haven’t even gotten to this part yet! Another thing to mention, I did not go out of my way to search for this word. This is what showed up naturally while searching for excerpts that fit in which each theme.

So why IS love so important? Why is that such a focus of nde’s? Why does Jesus preach this in the Bible?

A lot of near death experiences seem to try to give us insights into this powerful force.

Bronwen C.

Suddenly I was no longer in this room, but facing an enormously tall angel. Surrounding both of us was radiant light. I knew this angel, and he knew me. I felt no fear, only joy and immense happiness.

We communicated non-verbally. The angel was ‘reminding’ me of the power of LOVE that was actually THE power of the universe. It seemed that I already knew this, but ‘he’ was just reminding me. – Bronwen C. (nderf.org)

Katherine L.

I had deep respect and reverence for these beings. I felt that they loved me completely and without any judgment. In psychology there’s a term to describe this called ‘unconditional positive regard.’ I felt completely sure that they had this feeling for me. This surety felt like a warm glow of light around me.

The conclusion of these conversations was that it wasn’t so much a decision of doing the ‘wrong’ thing in situations, or making unwise choices, but that the times of greatest challenge for me were times in which I could have acted but chose inaction.

It was concluded that when I returned to earth, I must choose action and use my experiences and feelings to guide these actions so that they be an act of love. – Katherin L. (nderf.org)

Melinda G.

I learned that everything we do matters. Even the person you smile to on your way to the bakery or work. Even the creatures big and small that you bend over to pet. Nothing goes unnoticed. It all matters. My purpose is to stand up for the meek, to be compassionate, but most of all is to love. Melinda G. (nderf.org)

Heather V.

Then I began getting an information download. There was no talking, just information going into me with absolute love. It was very clear, very loud, and very certain, that We are ALL VERY IMPORTANT TO GOD. We are all deeply, deeply loved by God and that Life is suppose to be hard but that it is some sort of proving Ground for God to create him.

The message was that our lives are deeply important to God and to the existance of the universe. Our Love we have and the love we cultivate on earth, especially for people we have a hard time liking, that love somehow expands the universe and does some very important things.

I felt that there was something at stake, that we have a very important job to do. Human Beings are beloved and our choice in how to act is given to us to prove God. I don’t know how to describe it, I am trying hard to explain it here but it’s hard to explain. It may take my lifetime to explain what I learned.

IN this place we go to, we will have lightness, laughter and joy, and our soul family is there waiting for us. Our jobs on earth are to find out how to break through all these illusory walls everywhere that we erect to hide who we are. We need to really love each other and love ourselves.

I felt as though there was a sense of humor too. I was like a deep appreciation for our lives and even for our failures. We are suppose to learn from our failures and not beat outself up over them. We find a way to forgive and love ourselves because in reality, in the real place of creation, there is only Love. It seemed the message was that if we couldn’t find a path to love, then we are destroying something very very precious. – Heather V. (nderf.org)

Tonja BB

During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life?

Yes We are here to learn how to truly love one another. When we have learned how to love each other, we get to move forward. I am not sure if this means reincarnation until we get it right or what but the answer to life is love one another. Tonja BB (nderf.org)

Mary Jo Rapini

“Then God asked me… He said ‘let me ask you one question’. ‘Have you ever loved another person the way you have been loved here’. The love I had received in that time was so overpowering… I had never felt anything like it so I answered God honestly. I said, ‘No…it is impossible…I am just a human, you are God’. He gave me the illusion of a sweet protective chuckle. He then said, ‘Mary, you can do better’.” – Mary Jo Rapini (the-formula.org)

There is so much important information about love that many near death experiences talk about. The majority of them saying that it is the most important thing in the universe.

I wrote a whole post just on “love” and, trust me, I could’ve written a whole book on this one topic.

Now, one thing I have to bring up. The Bible quote from earlier: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” This quote is taken from Mark 12, but did you know that Jesus seemed to have changed this commandment? In John 13, he now says:

34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
John 13:34

Did you notice any significant changes?

As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

Jesus’s love is completely unconditional. This new commandment is telling us that no longer should we love our neighbors as ourselves, because our love as we know it isn’t sufficient. It is sad, but true. Most of us don’t know how to love unconditionally. When we love someone or something, we expect love in return. This is not what true love is all about.

And this is what Jesus is trying to teach us. Everyone is deserving of love. And completely true, unselfish, genuine love would not expect anything, nor exclude anyone.

Imagine if this force was practiced on every single person on the planet. Instead of hate, greed, pride, power… we actually care about and truly love our fellow human beings. What would our world be like?

And here we get to the Master Plan.

Chris Batts

“One time, my angels gave me specific messages on humility. Being humble is being strong enough to accept imperfections in yourself and in others.

The first key to humility is to appreciate what people do for you. Tell people how important they are to you. Tell them you love them. They just may need to hear it at the exact time that you are around. Don’t hold back.

Next, respect people’s views, no matter what their backgrounds, races, or religions. Even if you disagree with an opinion, understand that there is always a reason why people act or think the way they do. No one is perfect. If we were perfect, we would be boring.

The last key to being humble is forgiveness. Continue to do good to people even when they screw you over. The best way to kill hate is to love someone. Just because someone is a certain way does not mean you have to be the same way. You don’t have to be bigger but you have to be smarter and wiser.

Show love. Hate will come back to you if you show hate. Misery is the result. That is no way for anyone to live.” – Chris Batts (ndestories.org)

Nicole Dron

“I was shown that we were at a crossroads. I experienced this in 1968. I was told there would be an unemployment growth that would spread across the globe. Everything was flourishing at the time.

I was told about a plague that would spread all over the world. And I was shown everything that could happen on Earth if we didn’t change — and this ‘if” is of critical importance. It’s our piece of freedom in a way.

I was shown that things are unfortunately happening these days, as earthquakes, environmental issues, tsunamis, etc. But what I saw, and what worries me the most, is the emergence of unbelievable violence. This violence scared me. We are all somehow responsible for it.” – Nicole Dron (the-formula.org)

May, James & Rashad

The guides taught us that doctrine and creed and race meant nothing. No matter what we believed we were all children joined under one God, and that the only rule was God’s true law — do unto others as you would have them do unto you. We should treat all people as if they were a part of our soul because they were. All living things in the universe were connected to one another.

They said that soon humanity would mature enough to assume a higher place in the universal scheme of things, but until then we must learn acceptance and tolerance and love for each other. They said there would come a new age when people would not be able to endure seeing others homeless and hungry. We would realize that only by helping each other could we truly help ourselves. – May, James & Rashad (the-formula.org)

Tricia Barker

There is a great need for healing and love in this world and if we are willing to be conduits of that love, lives can be transformed. The angels were the point at which my consciousness completely changed. I like to think that many other people’s realities have shifted in beautiful ways as they became more aware of their light, their connection to Source, and their ability to heal and create a more positive future for themselves and their loved ones while on their educational journey.

I am grateful every day for the life I returned to after my near-death experience. I am no longer limited in my thinking, but I am connected to a universe of love that wants to be brought into this world in large and small ways. We can all do our part to bring in this love in all of our interactions with others. – Tricia Barker (ndestories.org)

Howard Storm

I’m like, OK, you shot down my idea, what’s you’re idea of what would I do? And he said, love the person that you’re with. And I said, OK, great, I’ll do that. No problem. What do you want me to do? He said, I just told you what I want you to do: love the person that you’re with. And I said, Yeah, but after I do that, what do you really want me to do? No, that is what I want you to do: love the person that you’re with. I said well, that’s simple enough, that’s easy, I can do that. And he said, oh really. Well, that’s what I want you to do. That’s enough. And I said, how is it enough? He said, if you do that, you’ll change the world. [...snip...] The way that I want you to change the world is by loving the person you are with. Wait a minute, that’s a contradiction. You want me to change the world but you just want me to love the person I’m with? Yes, that’s the plan; that’s The Big Plan… If you love the person that you’re with, then they will go out and love the person that they’re with, and they will go out and love the person they’re with and it will be like a chain reaction and love will conquer the world and everyone will love one another. That’s God’s Big Plan. - Howard Storm (the-formula.org)

“All it takes to make a change was one person. One person, trying, and then because of that, another person changing for the better. They said that the only way to change the world was to begin with one person. One will become two, which will become three, and so on. That’s the only way to affect a major change.” Howard Storm (near-death.com)

Is the world changing?

Sometimes it may not seem like it. There is still violence, war, hatred, racism, etc.

But with more and more awareness, and love and compassion, I truly believe that the world is changing for the better. It’s very heartening to see more videos coming out about people’s experiences; more testimonies with people no longer afraid to share their accounts; and an increase in people’s interest to “wake up” and look around to see what’s really going on in the world.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Ephesians 6:12

Dark forces are trying to bring us down, away from the light and love. But God, Jesus, the Heavenly host, they are trying to bring us back.

Can you imagine a world without love? How dark, sad, violent, and lonely it would be? If some people grow up without love, just imagine the horrors and corruption they must have suffered through.

We all need love, even our worst enemy. And this is what Jesus Christ is trying to teach us. We can change the world, one person at a time.

All of these accounts are just the tip of the iceberg. To get a better understanding of this amazing phenomena, I recommend checking out the following sites:

nderf.org
ndestories.org
near-death.com
the-formula.org

Most of the testimonies on this page can be found there. They are full of incredible information and other sources, with scientific data and research, and many detailed accounts and commentary to help us grow and learn of our purpose.

Thank you to the incredible people running these sites and the amazing people who have an interest in this in general. The only way to spread the message on this very important topic is to get the word out.

And thank you to the wonderful people who have shared their testimony. You are helping in profound and tremendous ways.

God bless you all.

‘Man will prey on man, until man will pray for man.’

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5 Fascinating Reincarnation Stories

Back in Time…
Is reincarnation real? Some people say yes.

What is Your Earliest Childhood Memory?

Perhaps eating cookies at a picnic with your family when you were 4?

Learning the ABC’s in preschool?

Successfully going to the bathroom for the very first time?

Me, personally, remember being a baby in a crib, and being curiously disturbed about a red cellophane covering over the window with a full clown figure on it. Don’t ask me why my parents thought this was a good idea. (Amazingly, this memory did not develop into a fear of clowns.)

Clown in a red background looking off in the distance, as if pondering something.

Image by ghagen from Pixabay

But what if your memories could go even further back? When I asked my son (who was only 4 at the time) what his earliest memory was, he first said that it was of the circus (which is funny since my earliest memory was that of a clown), and of having a monkey backpack on at the time. I was impressed, because that had happened 2 years prior.

But then he kept going!

He said, “I also remember being in your tummy.”

o.O Um… what?!

Cat looking bewildered into the camera.

He relayed amazing and fantastic tales of what life was like in the womb, including, but not limited to:

"I remember hearing you and Auntie talking about what to name me."

"I held on to your heart and was swinging on it."

(And my personal favorite, but really disgusting - warning you ahead of time in case I scar you for life - I found it funny myself. :P)

"I remember you giving birth to me and I was covered in spaghetti."

- My sweet, wonderful son

Lol. The perception of children.

You gotta love ’em.

When I heard all of these memories, I was astounded, for one. Secondly, it ignited in me a fierce curiosity and passion to dig deeper into this subject. I was eager to find out what others have experienced and the incredible implications that this would entail.

Critical Thinking

Now, before I go even further, I would like to direct you to check out my article on critical thinking. I think it would fit in nicely here.

To think of this account objectively, one must question all aspects of any experience with an open mind, and logically.

So let’s take my son’s example, for example.

When he mentioned how he heard, while he was in my tummy, my sister and I talking about what to name him, my mind instantly flashed back to that very moment. I remember being in the car and talking with her and bouncing baby name ideas off of her to hear her opinions of them. It’s one of my fonder memories of being pregnant; getting to decide what to name this amazing blessing.

I thought about some of the reasonable explanations. One of the logical conclusions I could come up with is that he overheard my sister and I reminiscing about that moment. Perhaps when he was a couple of years old or something.

I mean, it seems plausible, right? Well, that’s one possibility. I can’t just assume that’s what happened. After all, his story is that he heard it explicitly while he was in my tummy. Now, I could do myself a huge disservice by just automatically assuming the most “logical” theory. Or, I could open myself up to the possibility that what he is saying is true, and investigate it.

So that’s what I did.

Investigating the case

Lo and behold, I came across dozens of accounts of parents whose child seemingly remembers things one would assume couldn’t possibly happen. Of course, most of these accounts are anecdotal. The sources are hard to prove. And even if they are completely honest in their retelling of the memory, there’s no way to know that what they believe is true is actually what happened.

This could be a form of cryptomnesia:

“the reappearance of a suppressed or forgotten memory which is mistaken for a new experience” “the occurrence in consciousness of images not recognized as produced by the memory and its storage of events and scènes”.

Then there’s the issue that for many people, believing in the supernatural or spiritual realm is an important life-affirming and life-changing event. It gives them a sense of purpose and something to delve wholeheartedly into. This poses the problem that blindly believing something simply because you want it to be true can be detrimental and a form of psychological delusion. So one must always take any account into question and look at it with an open, unbiased but discerning and critical eye.

With that being said, let’s take a look at 5 exceptional accounts of children who have remembered so far back, that it literally transcends time and space:

1. Cameron Macauley

This remarkable testimony begins with a precocious 2 year old boy, born in Glasgow, Scotland.

As soon as Cameron could talk, he began insisting that Norma Macauley was not his “real” Mom. He instead lived in a white house on a remote island in Barra, Scotland. An island 220 miles away from his current home with a population of about 1,000 people.

He can recall his black and white dog, the sandy beaches where small planes would periodically land, and the name of his father, Shane Roberston. He died from presumably getting hit by an automobile. In Cameron’s own words, “He didn’t look both ways.”

His desire to see his old family and be reunited with his Barra Mom escalated so much that it was actually causing him emotional distress. With tears running down his cheeks, he would sob to his Mother, “I have to go to Barra. I have to go to Barra. My family are missing me.” I can only imagine how hard that would have been on Norma herself.

Cameron Macauley standing on the sidewalk.
Cameron Macauley

Visit to Chris French, Psychologist

To try and solve this mystery, Norma first took him to Chris French, a psychologist and editor of skeptic magazine. From the brief meeting we were exposed to in the “Boy Who Lived Before” documentary, Chris French offered his theory that it was more than likely due to an overactive imagination. Perhaps from watching a television program about Barra. Or from possibly overhearing details of this place from a relative or neighbor, etc.

Even with his skeptic point-of-view, however, he gave an open-minded opinion that “Maybe, just maybe, you know there’s something kind of much more interesting and challenging going on here.”

Karen Majors, Psychologist - a Different Opinion

Not quite satisfied with the “imagination” or “overhearing” speculation but willing to investigate further, Norma sought out Karen Majors, an educational psychologist who specializes in imagination and make-believe fantasies.

Here we start seeing an ever-growing enigmatic picture come together. Karen Majors seems as equally perplexed with Cameron’s scenarios, stating that his case is quite different than those of children with imaginary friends or a made-up fantasy.

Cameron’s story is consistent, and a cause of his longing and desire to return or at least acknowledge that past life. Most children with an overactive imagination or who relay adventures with their imaginary friends knows that it’s just pretend and can plan out which direction the playtime goes. That doesn’t happen with Cameron, who grows more adamant each day that he has to go back.

Jim Tucker, Psychiatrist and Reincarnation Specialist

With this new information, it leads Norma to Jim Tucker, a psychiatrist and Director of Research at the University of Virginia. Jim Tucker worked for several years under Dr. Ian Stevenson. Stevenson was a staunch researcher and one of the most notable pioneers of reincarnation studies from the 1960’s until 2007. He passed away on February 8th, 2007. Tucker became the successor of the project when Stevenson retired in 2002.

With Jim Tucker’s support, along with a camera crew to film this documentary, Norma finally sets out to Barra. She brings along her two young sons, Cameron and Martin, to explore this puzzling dilemma. While there, they investigate the claims made by Cameron about the Robertson family.

At first, their investigation turns cold, taking them down the wrong path. But a phone call from Calum Macneil at the Heritage Center reveals new information. This leads them down a different road than they were on before – both literally and figuratively.

Here, they find the elusive white house, different than what Cameron remembers, but clearly still familiar with the layout and other aspects of the land. Including a secret gate leading to the house and the window view of the beach that he remembers he looked out of to watch his brothers and sisters play.

Unsolved puzzle

And indeed, most claims add up. However, upon contacting Gillian Robertson, an alleged family member, who was able to produce photos that Cameron could identify and verify, one thing still remained a mystery.

That of Shane Robertson, Cameron’s previous life’s father.

Gillian had no recollection of the name, which could be attributed to any number of contributing factors. (After all, it would be hard for one to recall every instance of their family’s/relative’s names or heritage. Plus taking into account nicknames, middle names, surnames, etc. Or the possibility that the family was comprised of foster children.)

All this aside, the amount of compelling anecdotal evidence and strange, hard to dismiss coincidences that match up to Cameron’s detailed descriptions, came together to provide an intriguing glimpse into this incredible testimony.

On a personal note, this particular case hit home for me when little Cameron tells his Mom how he came to be with her:

“When I asked him how he ended up with me, he tells me he, ‘fell through and went into my tummy.'” -Norma Macauley

2. Shanti Devi

Black and white photograph of Shanti Devi as a young child.
Black and white photo of Shanti Devi as an adult.

- Image of Shanti Devi as a child (on left) and adult (on right). - source - Dr. K.S. Rawat

Born on Dec 11, 1926 in Delhi, India, Shanti Devi, as a young child, claimed to be Lugdi Bai. Bai was born on Jan 18, 1902 in Mathura (a city 90 miles from Delhi) and was married to a man named Kedar Nath.

She was able to recall several details about her past life, including:

- that she died 10 days after child birth
- physical attributes of her husband, mainly that he had a wart on his left cheek, wore reading glasses, and was fair-skinned
- her husband's name, Kedar Nath, and his favorite foods
- she recognized her son Navneet Lal even though he was a newborn when she passed away. Her explanation was that her soul could recognize his soul as a part of her.

(For an exhaustive list and fuller account, please refer to reincarnation-research.com)

Shanti Devi’s case attracted a lot of attention, not just locally, but internationally as well. Among the most famous of this is historical figure Mahatma Gandhi. He, along with a self-appointed committee of 15 people, were allowed to accompany Shanti to investigate her case. This committee included members of parliament, the media and national leaders.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (2 October 1869 - 30 January 1948)

Some Notable Recognitions

Just upon arriving at the platform from the train, Shanti was able to recognize a man mingling in the crowd as her husband’s older brother. Her reaction and response to him was so immediate and sincere that the others around could not help but feel affected.

From there, the remarkable incidences of Shanti’s memory and recollection grew even further. She was able to direct the driver to her old home and pinpoint the changes that were made since her time as Lugdi, all of which were correct.

In addition to this, she was also able to recognize her father in law. And minute details about her previous lifestyle that would have been incredible if not unbelievable if left to chance. She was also able to locate her bedroom, identified many items of hers, and was asked (tested) where the “jajroo” (bathroom) was. They asked her what “katora” meant, which she correctly defined as paratha (a type of fried pancake). Both words were commonly known to the Chaubes of Mathura, which no outsider would normally know of.

She also took them to the house where she lived with her husband for several years, correctly stating that a well was there, along with the location of a flower pot that she hid money in. It seemed apparent that she was being tested for her honesty. The well was indeed there, yet initially hidden by a rock. And the flower pot did have money in it although it had been removed by her husband.

Researchers Investigate

This media exposure attracted many curious and interested parties, including saints, parapsychologists and philosophers to study the case, as well as some critics trying to discredit or debunk these events as a hoax.

Two prominent names on reincarnation research also investigated Shanti Devi’s case. Dr. K.S. Rawat interviewed her on Feb 3, 1986 with Dr. Ian Stevenson (a well known and recognized name in the field of reincarnation research) and Dr. Pasricha. Dr. Rawat interviewed her again on Oct. 30, 1987. He also interviewed relatives in Shanti Devi’s life, as well as relatives connected with Lugdi Bai’s life.

Dr. Ian Stevenson, in 1961, also studied the sources for this case. He writes that, “The accounts available to me indicate that Shanti Devi made at least 24 statements of her memories which matched the verified facts.”

Critics Investigate, Too

There are also the critics who have tried to reveal this event as a media stunt or an outright hoax. Or perhaps an aim for a political agenda. A booklet by Bal Chand Nahata, a rationalist who interviewed Shanti Devi and some others related to the case, ended his study by saying, “Whatever material that has come before us, does not warrant us to conclude that Shanti Devi has ‘former life’ recollections or that this case proves reincarnation.”

As a rebuttal, Dr. Indra Sen, a philosopher, ended up writing a whole article to counter this skeptical theory. With the help of a hypnotist (which is not named) in an attempt to get Shanti to recollect her former life, Dr. Sen concluded that “I am confident that Shanti has certain memories which are not of here and now.”

Interestingly, one critic, Sture Lonnerstrand, with the sole purpose of coming all the way from Sweden to India in order to expose this as a false story, ended up admitting, “This is the only fully explained and proven case of reincarnation there has been.” His proclamation came after investigating Shanti Devi’s experience. He even went so far as to publish a book in 1998, I Have Lived Before: The True Story of the Reincarnation of Shanti Devi.

3. Ryan Hammons

Is reincarnation real? Ryan Hammons claims to have lived before, as Marty Martin, a Hollywood producer.

Ryan Hammons

As with many cases of children remembering past lives, Ryan Hammons, born in 2005 in Muskogee, Oklahoma, started regaling his stories at the age of 4.

At first, his play time consisted of him pretending to be a director, yelling, “Action!” as if partaking in the creation of an imaginary movie. However, this pretend play became a concern for his parents as he would wake up in the middle of the night, terrified and clutching his chest. He told his parents that he dreamed his heart exploded when he was in Hollywood. After taking him to his doctor, was told that it was simply night terrors, and that he would outgrow them.

But then one night, while his mother was tucking him into bed, Ryan suddenly grasped her hand and said:

"Mama, I think I used to be someone else."
- Ryan Hammons

Grandiose Stories

He would relate, consistently, that he lived in Hollywood, met stars like Rita Hayworth, danced on Broadway, and went on luxurious vacations overseas. Cyndi Hammons’ skepticism soon gave way to curiosity, stating that, “His stories were so detailed and extensive that it just wasn’t like a child could have made it up.”

This kick-started Cyndi Hammons into investigating her son’s claims instead of dismissing them as fantasy. Without telling anyone else, she began going to the local library and checking out books about Hollywood and showing the pictures to Ryan.

Then, after months of searching, they hit pay dirt.

While looking through one particular book, Ryan stopped at a black and white photo taken from a 1930’s movie Night After Night. He recognized a cast mate, George, who they found out was indeed a George Raft. Then Ryan excitedly pointed to the man on the right, exclaiming, “That guy’s me. I found me!”

Still of Night After Night - Marty Martin circled top-right, Ryan Hammons in the insert-bottom left

Search for an Unnamed Man

Cyndi was unable to identify this man as this photo listed no names to it. Nor did the movie list this actor’s name as he was an uncredited extra. So she contacted Dr. Jim Tucker, who sent the photo along to an archivist in the hopes that the identity could be found.

Sure enough, the man’s name was eventually revealed: Marty Martin.

Before sharing this information with the Hammons, however, Jim Tucker arrived at their home with black and white photos of four women. He laid them out on their kitchen table and asked Ryan, “Do any of these mean anything to you?”

Ryan pointed to one. “She looks familiar.”

It was Marty Martin’s wife. The other pictures were of random women with no connection to Marty.

They were then able to confirm several statements that Ryan had made about his life as Marty through his daughter. She had been found by the researchers working with Tucker on the documentary.

Validation with Marty's Daughter

Originally, she seemed reluctant to help, but did end up corroborating Ryan’s memories:

– Ryan said that he danced in New York. Marty Martin was a Broadway dancer.

– He said that he was an agent and that the people where he worked had changed their names. It was revealed that Marty became a talent agent where stage names are often created.

– Ryan said that his street address had the name ‘rock’ in it. Marty lived at 825 North Roxbury Dr.

All in all, Ryan was able to accurately describe 55 facts of Marty Martin’s life.

But perhaps the most fascinating fact of this testimony, is that during what seemed to be casual conversation, Ryan claimed he died at 61. Jim Tucker: “He (Ryan) said he didn’t see why God would let you get to be 61 and then make you come back as a baby.” This was at first refuted by Jim Tucker since Marty’s death certificate stated he was 59.

However, upon double checking all the information, found that Marty Martin was born in 1903, and died in 1964. The death certificate was wrong, and Ryan was indeed correct about his previous life’s age.

-Source

4. Jenny Cockell

Is reincarnation real? Jenny Cockell is seen holding a picture of Mary Sutton, the lady Jenny claims to have been in a past life.

Jenny Cockell

Childhood Life

Jenny Cockell, born in Barnett, Hertfordshire in 1953, started out remembering bits and pieces of her previous life as a young child. Unfortunately, throughout her childhood, there was not much she could do to act upon these memories. But she was able to keep them alive. “I did reinforce some memories by revisiting them, talking about them, thinking about them.”

Growing up in a religious household, Jenny started to realize that remembering past life memories was not a common occurrence. While sitting in a Sunday school service, listening to a discussion about life and death and what happens after life, Jenny was confused with why they weren’t talking about what happens before life. For many years, she simply thought people weren’t talking about their past life experiences because they were in denial. Not because they legitimately didn’t remember or didn’t think it was possible.

As she was growing up, she was able to suppress these memories to a degree in order to live her current life. But eventually it started to become too much for her. Even as a new mother with 2 children of her own, she could not forget the 8 children from her past life who was left behind with an abusive father.

Adulthood

Luckily, during this time, Jenny came across a regression hypnotist who both helped, yet exacerbated her memory recall. Now, with nothing to hold these suppressed memories at bay, the past came flooding back into sharp focus.

This kick-started Jenny into doing her own research, which took her to Malahide, Ireland after being able to match this location with a map she made from her own memory. Upon arriving there, she was startled at the changes yet was still able to recognize some of the different landmarks and roads.

When she came back to Malahide, her research expanded through letters to the neighbors, whom provided her with the surname Sutton. From this new information, she was able to track down all her remaining children: Frank, Betty, Kristi, Phyllis and Sonny. After Mary Sutton’s departure, most of the children were sent to orphanages while Sonny stayed with his father as the housekeeper.

Reaching Out

Finding all of her children proved no small feat. Jenny wrote letters to all of the orphanages at Dublin, for a start. Then realized that several of them had closed down. The children were sent off to different caretakers, foster homes, and adoptions. This was part of her struggles at tracking them all down.

But she didn’t give up.

Additional help came from a priest who was able to provide Jenny with baptism records for some of her children through the Malahide Catholic Church, which gave her definite names and dates of birth.

Other forms of contact that Jenny pursued was an ad in the newspaper as well as multiple phone calls. Through all these avenues, including help from researchers at the BBC, she was able to connect with Sonny Sutton.

Jenny Cockell and Sonny Sutton, sharing a moment together.

Jenny Cockell and Sonny Sutton

Family Reunion

The BBC researchers were able to conclude many of Jenny’s memories as Mary through Sonny Sutton. While being interviewed separately, they were able to confirm 9 pages of information of their life in Malahide.

Finally, through Sonny’s encouragement, Jenny began to work on a book “Yesterday’s Children”, describing these experiences. This would be the catalyst at bringing the rest of the Sutton family together. The publishers of the book were able to gather the remaining family members for a meeting with not only Jenny, but with each other, who they haven’t seen in over 30 years.

Jenny/Mary was at last reunited with her sons and daughters. There were differing opinions about how Jenny could possibly know so many details about the Sutton’s life. But they all agreed that she was indeed either Mary Sutton reincarnated, or connected with Mary’s spirit. Perhaps through a Mother’s love and heart-filled longing to see her family back together.

5. Purnima Ekanayake

Is reincarnation real? Purnima Ekanayake was able to remember several details about her life as Jinadasa.

Purnima Ekanayake

Purnima Ekanayake was born in 1987 in Bakamura, Sri Lanka. Soon after her birth, her mother noticed some hypo-pigmented birthmarks on Purnima’s body. These appeared to the left of the midline of her chest and over her lower ribs. Purnima’s mother mused at the time that this could have been due to an injury from a previous life.

If only she knew; this was just the beginning.

Wait, scratch that. I suppose the beginning would be of Jinadasa’s life, but let’s not get too ahead of ourselves.

By 3 (which the ages 2-4 are most common in children relaying past life experiences, presumably because that’s when most children learn to talk and are not yet overwhelmed with societal information overload) Purnima began speaking about her previous life as an incense manufacturer whose life came to an end by being struck by a ‘zoku uahana’ (usually means a bus or truck).

At first her parents dismissed these claims as perhaps simply ramblings of an overactive imagination. But one statement Purnima made after a traffic accident near their home caused her mother to become upset. This struck a chord with her mom and piqued her parent’s interest to investigate further.

“Do not think about this accident.” Purnima said in an attempt to console her mother. “I came to you after such an accident.” Purnima also revealed that she had a heap of iron on her body after the accident.

Near Death Experience

To add another intriguing aspect to this case, Purnima also recalled what happened after she died.

Given the term O.B.E. (out of body experience) or N.D.E. (near death experience – which in Purnima/Jinadasa’s case was an actual death), Purnima recalled that after the accident she floated in the air in semi-darkness for a few days.

She saw people mourning for her and crying, and saw her body up to and including the funeral. There were many people like her floating around. Then she saw some light, went there and came “here”.

Visiting Past Relationships

Once her parents got involved, they were able to track down the man Purnima claimed to be. They also received help from a teacher, Sumanasiri, and his brother in law who accompanied him.

This adventure took them from their town in Bukamura, 145 miles away to Kelaniya and then to Angoda. Here is where they met Jinadasa’s brother in law and business partner Wijisiri.

At first, Wijisiri was not forthcoming with welcoming these strangers to his property and asked them to leave. However, after hearing Purnima talking about their incense company and the packages they used and if he made any changes, he was finally persuaded to accept Purnima as Jinadasa reincarnated.

She was also able to correctly identify several relatives. And although she initially didn’t want to reveal this information, she admitted that Jinadasa had two wives. Another fact she revealed was the process of how their incense was made (knowledge that is not very common for a young child to know). Wijisiri himself confirmed this process to be true.

Professor Haraldsson Reveals Startling Discovery

Professor Erlendur Haraldsson conducted interviews with several witnesses throughout five visits from 1996 to 1999. He was able to verify most of the information. Out of twenty statements, Purnima was able to correctly identify fourteen elements of Jinadasa’s life. Three could not be verified, and the other three were incorrect.

The most astonishing (in my opinion) information to be gleaned from this encounter, was when Professor Haraldsson was able to obtain the post-mortem report from Jinadasa’s death. These included a detailed description and sketch of the injuries, which outlined where the tire went over his body and fractured his ribs – and eerily coincided with the prominent birthmark on Purnima’s body.

Purnima is seen here showing her birthmark. This birthmark coincides with Jinadasa's injuries.

Birthmark of Purnima Ekanayake -Source

BONUS: Kendra Carter

Kendra Carter’s case is another testimony that hits home to me personally due to the circumstances of the child remembering that she was in her mother’s tummy. Only there’s a twist:

She didn’t make it.

When she was 4.5 years old, Kendra began swimming lessons and immediately became attached to her coach. She would tell her mom that the coach’s baby had died and that the coach had been sick and pushed her baby out. Kendra’s mother was always there at the lesson and asked her how she knew these things. She replied, “I’m the baby that was in her tummy.” Kendra even went on to describe the abortion, and sure enough her mother found out that the coach did indeed have an abortion 9 years before Kendra was born.

Although Kendra’s mom, a conservative Christian, did not necessarily believe in reincarnation, she allowed her daughter to maintain a relationship with the coach. This delighted Kendra. And the interactions grew until she was spending up to three nights a week with the coach.

There was a falling out at one point, however, between the mother and the coach. This caused Kendra to become withdrawn and not speak for 4.5 months. The coach, at this point, resumed contact, but on a smaller scale, which helped Kendra out of her depression.

It is interesting to me that although, technically, Kendra in her past life as the baby, and the coach who carried her, did not have a traditional established relationship, their consciousness somehow found each other anyway, even after 9 years. Almost as if it were meant to be.

Critical Thinking Lesson:

Some possibilities of what cases of reincarnation could be:

– Real events in which a previous person’s soul or consciousness is reborn into a new body and is able to retain some of their memories.

– A form of possession or residue of someone else’s memories or spirit sharing that same space as that of a new consciousness

– Deliberate or misled stories embellished by not only the story tellers but the researchers involved as well.

– Witting or unwitting subjects of planted memories through regression therapy, past-life hypnosis, or mistaking dreams/imaginations as real life events.

– A laser focused connection to a specific person’s life that enables one to feel and remember these past memories. (Perhaps a form of accessing Akashic records?)

– A glimpse into the possibilities of quantum mechanics, energy, existence and how energy can be reproduced.

– Simple misunderstandings that were blown out of proportion or taken out of context. Or exaggerated to fit into one’s belief or narrative, whether consciously or not.

– Other, or none of the above. Or even a combination of different theories.

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